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A piece of Alaskan paradise is at risk. Here's why we must save it | Kim Heacox

Guardian Environment News - Tue, 2018/07/31 - 12:57am

The Tongass national forest is America’s premier temperate rainforest, but Sonny Perdue wants it open for business

Over the years, I’ve walked many visitors into the Tongass national forest in Alaska, and watched the city tinsel drop from their eyes. They often sit quietly and look around, and for the first time in a long time breathe from the bottom of their lungs.

I live here, I tell them.

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Allow nuclear waste disposal under national parks, say MPs

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/07/30 - 10:01pm

Safest site should be chosen regardless of location, committee says – but opponents call idea ‘outrageous’

Highly radioactive nuclear waste could be permanently buried under national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs), under government plans backed by a committee of MPs.

Deep geological burial is seen as the only permanent solution for nuclear waste that will remain radioactive for many thousands of years and is currently stored at surface sites across the UK. Ministers’ attempts to choose a site in Cumbria for the £12bn facility were foiled in 2013 when the county council rejected the proposal.

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As California burns, many fear the future of extreme fire has arrived

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/07/30 - 10:00pm

Experts say the state’s increasingly ferocious wildfires are not an aberration – they are the new reality

Roger Gray has lived in his suburban subdivision in a quiet California city for 30 years. On Thursday, it was struck by a jaw-dropping geophysical phenomenon.

Gray had defied orders to evacuate Redding, in the far north of the state, which was threatened by the fast-growing Carr fire outside town. He and his neighbors wanted to defend their homes. A navy veteran, Gray worked 10 hours preparing his house and was already exhausted when he saw plumes of smoke in the distance. “Then they started to swirl together, and I’m going, ‘Oh, we’re in trouble,’” he said.

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Timor-Leste a mecca for whales, but they face threats | Johnny Langenheim

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/07/30 - 9:00pm

One third of all cetacean species are found in the waters off Timor-Leste, but measures are needed to protect them

Olive Andrews believes Timor Leste could be one of the best destinations in the world for whale watching. The research scientist with a particular interest in cetaceans drew this conclusion when she joined a survey team assessing the coastal waters north of Timor-Leste in October 2016. “I’ve never seen such a biomass of cetaceans in such a small geography,” she says. “We encountered 2287 cetaceans from 11 species, including superpods of up to 600 individuals.”

There are 90 distinct species of cetacean – and at least 30 of them occur in Timor-Leste. These include both local populations like melon-headed whales and spinner dolphins, and migratory species such as humpbacks and pygmy blue whales. Managed properly, whale tourism could generate significant income for Timor-Leste, one of the world’s youngest – and poorest – nations.

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Livestock treatment may offer solution to antibiotics crisis, say scientists

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/07/30 - 5:01pm

Dosing animals with antibodies from their own immune systems could prevent illness and reduce the need for antibiotics

Using animals’ own immune systems may provide a way to reduce the overuse of antibiotics in farming, replacing the drugs with cheap farm byproducts and cutting the growing risk of resistance to common medicines, new research has suggested.

Natural antibodies, produced by the immune system without previous infection, in animals and humans, can protect the body against harmful bacteria. They are present in some usually unconsidered farm byproducts, such as the whey left over from milk production, and they could be administered to animals easily in feed.

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San Francisco Is Poised To Ban Plastic Straws. That's Got Bubble Tea Shops Worried

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/07/30 - 2:41pm

Over 200 city shops sell the drink, also known as boba tea, which features large tapioca balls meant to be sucked through a straw. Boba shops say paper straws are much pricier and don't work as well.

(Image credit: Samantha Shanahan/KQED)

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As Ban On Plastic Straws Spreads, Demand For Paper Alternatives Increases

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/07/30 - 2:12pm

Orders for paper straws are skyrocketing as bans for the plastic ones multiply. David Rhodes of Aardvark Straws tells NPR's Ailsa Chang his paper straw business is booming.

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California Allocates $3 Billion For New Water Storage Projects

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/07/30 - 2:07pm

California is putting almost $3 billion toward new water storage projects to help preserve its crops during droughts. Some say that money should go to dams and reservoirs, but others want a less environmentally problematic approach.

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World's largest king penguin colony has declined by 90%

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/07/30 - 1:50pm

Number of king penguins on the remote Île aux Cochons has fallen from 2m to 200,000, warn scientists

The planet’s largest colony of king penguins has declined by nearly 90% in three decades, researchers have warned.

The last time scientists set foot on France’s remote Île aux Cochons – roughly half way between the tip of Africa and Antarctica – the island was blanketed by 2m of the penguins, which stand about a metre tall.

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Deadly Carr Wildfire Testing Resources Of Local Officials In Northern California

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/07/30 - 1:48pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Kristen Schreder, mayor of Redding, Calif., for the latest on the deadly Carr wildfire raging through Northern California.

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Victoria's ‘major’ concerns may prevent it signing national energy guarantee

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/07/30 - 1:00pm

‘Turnbull is trying to get us to sign something that hasn’t gone to his own party room – a place full of climate sceptics,’ says Victoria’s energy minister

Victoria is continuing to express “major” concerns about the federal government’s national energy guarantee before make-or-break discussions on the proposal in August.

The state’s energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio argues it would be a leap of faith to sign up when the Coalition party room is yet to formally tick off on the emissions reduction component of the Neg, and when federal government MPs are acting like “coal ideologues”.

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a monday matinee...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2018/07/30 - 10:10am
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Meet The Restaurateurs Fighting To Save The Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/07/30 - 5:02am

Hell's Backbone Grill is an acclaimed restaurant founded nearly 20 years ago at the edge of the Utah monument. Now, amid controversy, its owners are battling Trump's plans to downsize the land.

(Image credit: Ace Kvale)

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Changing Climate Pushes Arid West Eastward, Impacting Farming

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2018/07/30 - 4:37am

The 100th meridian has long divided the U.S. into an arid West and more humid East. Research suggests a warming climate is pushing that boundary east, shaking up agricultural economies along the way.

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America spends over $20bn per year on fossil fuel subsidies. Abolish them | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2018/07/30 - 3:00am

While we need to leave fossil fuels in the ground, America is giving the fossil fuel industry billions to extract more

Imagine that instead of taxing cigarettes, America subsidized the tobacco industry in order to make each pack of smokes cheaper.

A report from Oil Change International (OCI) investigated American energy industry subsidies and found that in 2015–2016, the federal government provided $14.7bn per year to the oil, gas, and coal industries, on top of $5.8bn of state-level incentives (globally, the figure is around $500bn). And the report only accounted for production subsidies, excluding consumption subsidies (support to consumers to lower the cost of fossil fuel use – another $14.5bn annually) as well as the costs of carbon and other fossil fuel pollutants.

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bearing false witness...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2018/07/29 - 4:09pm
So I am torn today...  I noticed this morning that my YouTube channel was suddenly getting a lot of new subscribers.  It wasn't until this afternoon that I learned why.  One of my "Facebook friends" notified me she saw my video "the birthday brushing" on a wackjob conspiracy website she subscribes to.   I went to their YouTube channel and there was my video with over 4,000 views and over 100 comments so far today.  I also noticed that while they had given me credit for the video, they had monetized the views it gets for their channel.  Their wackjob conspiracy site has almost 400,000 subscribers (there are A LOT of conspiracy nuts out there).  I sent them a message that while I appreciated the share - I did not appreciate the fact that they did not contact me first and that they were getting income from views of my video on their channel.  So here is the dilemma.  Do I allow them to make money off my video in return for more subscribers?  The problem is - wackjobs are not really my target audience and most of their channel content is complete bullshit conspiracy nonsense.  What I decided to do was notify them that they are welcome to share my video, but they have to remove monetization.  If I don't get a response within 24 hours, I will file a copyright infringement notification with YouTube to have it removed from their channel.

Proverbs 19:5  A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape  
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Dizzying array of recycling symbols 'is confusing consumers'

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/07/29 - 4:01pm

Which? says people often don’t understand various symbols found on packaging

A confusing array of symbols on household packaging is leaving consumers in the dark about what can be recycled, research reveals.

Nearly half of respondents to a survey carried out in the UK by consumer group Which? thought that products stamped with the so-called green dot (a circle of two intertwined arrows) were recyclable, when in fact it means only that a manufacturer has paid into a scheme that supports recyclable packaging and systems.

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Donald Trump's golf resort wrecked special nature site, reports reveal

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/07/29 - 12:25pm

US president’s broken promises have ruined a fragile dune system in Aberdeenshire

The spectacular dunes system picked by Donald Trump for his golf resort in Aberdeenshire has been “partially destroyed” as a result of the course’s construction, documents released under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed.

Scottish Natural Heritage, which has been under pressure for years to speak out on the issue, now acknowledges that serious damage has been done to the site of special scientific interest (SSSI) at Foveran Links on the Menie estate, north of Aberdeen, since the course opened in 2012, the documents show.

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Josh Frydenberg flags two-stage talks to get energy guarantee over the line

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/07/29 - 11:00am

Exclusive: Minister floats proposal to win states’ sign-off on Neg mechanism before a second meeting to discuss emissions targets

Josh Frydenberg has flagged a two-stage process with state and territory ministers in an attempt to maximise the government’s chances of achieving sign-off for the national energy guarantee in August.

State sources have told Guardian Australia the commonwealth has floated a proposal where ministers would sign off on the detailed design of the Neg mechanism, including the emissions reduction components, at a meeting of the Council of Australian Governments energy council long scheduled for 10 August.

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Beware China’s role in UK nuclear industry | Letters

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/07/29 - 9:50am
Jeffrey Henderson warns against Chinese state-owned firms playing a decisive part in one of our most strategically important industries

While we need to be concerned about China’s growing presence in Britain’s electricity generation (Nuclear power: China’s move into UK hints at scale of its wider ambitions, July 27), we should be asking searching questions of our government. They seem not to understand (or don’t care about) the nature of the companies they are dealing with.

Chinese state-owned enterprises are not like EDF or the German, Dutch and French state-owned firms that run our railways. They are dramatically different because China is governed by a Leninist state. Consequently, Chinese state firms are ultimately controlled not by the State Council’s State Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, but by the Communist party.

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